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  • Pyrénées 
  • South West 

The Canal du Midi by bike – Light version

From Carcassonne to Agde

From
495€/person

Presentation of your trip

From Carcassonne to Agde, this cycle ride is along the famous Canal du Midi, listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Built by Paul Riquet, the Canal du Midi used to be a waterway for all kinds of merchandise. 
This bucolic trip, down the stream will allow you to discover, by bike, Southern cities such as Toulouse, Castelnaudary, Carcassonne with its walled town and finally, Agde. Conclude your trip by diving into “la Grande Bleue”, the Mediterranean.
 

  • DestinationPyrénées, South West
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • A 240 km long historical route
  • The tranquillity of landscapes on the edge of water
  • The arrival at the Mediterranean!

Complementary informations

  • 7 days 6 nights - 6 biking days
  • Accommodation in selected hotels or guest houses

Program

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Carcassonne

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Arrival at Carcassonne hotel. Free evening into the medieval town, take time to discover its rich cultural heritage.
    Night in Carcassonne.


     

  • Day 2

    From Carcassonne to Marseillette

    • Distance : 22 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    After a visit of Carcassonne and its medieval walled citadel, which is listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, as the Canal du Midi, start your first ride until Marseillette.
    Night in Marseillette. 


     

  • Day 3

    From Marseillette to Homps

    • Distance : 21 km
    • Type of accommodation : Bed & Breakfast

    Let’s go to discover Homps and its port. Before arriving, take your time to enjoy and admire all the buildings along the Canal, a wonderful example being the Moulin de Trèbes.
    Night in Homps. 


     

  • Day 4

    From Homps to Le Somail

    • Distance : 22 km
    • Type of accommodation : Bed & Breakfast

    From Homps, discover the canal lock of Pech and Laurier, just before discover the castle of Argens-Minervois among the vineyards. Cross the village of Ventenac in Minervois and stop in the beautiful village of Le Somail. 
    Night in Le Somail. 


     

  • Day 5

    From Le Somail to Capestang

    • Distance : 23 km
    • Type of accommodation : Bed & Breakfast

    Today we arrive to the junction between two canals:  Canal de la Robine and Canal Du Midi. Then have a break amongst vineyards before crossing the aqueduct of Quarante. You arrive close to the port of Capestang.
    Half board night in Capestang in a beautiful guest house (dinner included).


     

  • Day 6

    From Capestang to Béziers

    • Distance : 21 km
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    This typical south-east town, in love with wine, rugby and festivities, will open its arms to you.
    Cross the tunnel de Malpas and discover the oppidum of Enserune (apart from canal), to arrive by the spectacular 9 canal locks of Foncérannes, and then onto Béziers. 
    Night in Béziers.


     

  • Day 7

    From Béziers to Agde

    • Distance : 25 km

    For this last stage, cycle towards Agde where Herault River and Canal du Midi flow onto the Mediterranean.
    End of your trip.


     

  • Day 8

    From Agde to Sète

    • Distance : 25 km

    8 days, 7 nights: finish the tour in Sète, 1 additional day of cycling. Night in Agde on day 7.

    Go to the port of Sète and follow the pond of Thau. City with a very marked local culture, Sète will not fail to seduce you on your arrival. With luck, you can see the local sport of Sète practiced since 1666, the water jousting. End of the stay in Sète.

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Travel conditions

  • Attendees

    From 2 people.

  • Accompanying

    Free Ride:
    Equipped with the orientation material we give you: maps with highlighted route and detailed topoguide, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. You are guided by carefully prepared directions, for maximum precision.

  • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

    Departure from Carcassonne (11).

    How to get there:
    By car: Highway of the south of France.
    By train: Carcassonne train station.
    By plane: Carcassonne airport then shuttle to the city center.

  • Options

    • Return by train with your luggage: www.voyages-sncf.com
    • Return by minibus LaRébenne with bike trailer (min 6 pers.): contact us,
    • Formula 3 or 4 days: tailor-made program from the 3 or 4 stages you choose yourself,
    • Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
    • Single room supplement,
    • Rental of MTB semi-rigid or VTC,
    • Rental of electric bike,
    • Bike bag rental,
    • Bike rental at the end of your stay by LaRébenne.
  • Formalities

    • A valid official ID.
    • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 
       
  • Accommodation

    Nights in double rooms in hotels ** and *** and guest rooms.

    Bed and Breakfast formula: night and breakfast included. 1 night half board in Capestang: dinner at the table d'hôtes.

    We have selected our accommodations for their quality of welcome and comfort: to enjoy, thank you to book as soon as possible.

    Double room formula: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels or guest rooms. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you.

    July – August High Season Departure Supplement

    Extra night in B&B in Carcassonne, Agde or Sète: contact us.

  • Food

    For each step, we have established a qualitative selection of restaurants of different categories with their contact details. We chose them according to different criteria, such as, the kitchen of course, but also the quality of service, the quality/ price ratio and the atmosphere ...

    For reservations, there are two options:

    You select and make the reservation yourself in the restaurant of your choice.
    You send us this list with the restaurants you have chosen and we make the reservations for you free of charge.

    Picnics and dinners are not planned, except the dinner of day 5 in Capestang (dinner at the table d'hôtes).

  • Difficulty level

    You are able to cycle over several days.
    Steps of 20 to 25km per day, no elevation gain. Path sometimes bumpy (holes, roots and potholes), narrow and in medium condition.

  • Luggage

    Carrying is limited to business of the day and picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle. Please allow 1 bag per person, maximum 15kg/bag.

Dates and price

Information

Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Freedom package with luggage transfer by cab - double room
Registration at 2 people540
Registration at 3 people520
Registration at 4 people505
Registration at 6 people495

Options

  • Single room supplement: +175€
  • High season supplement: 40€
  • Rental of standard and electric bikes

The price includes

  • Accommodation in bed and breakfast formula,
  • The dinner of day 5 at the table d'hôtes,
  • The detailed topoguide with extracts of maps,
  • The card holder,
  • The transport of luggage,
  • Free restaurant reservation (if requested),
  • Delivery of rental bikes on the morning of day 2.

The price does not include

  • Dinners and lunches/ picnics except day 5 half board,
  • Accommodation on return to Carcassonne,
  • The accommodation in Agde,
  • Drinks,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
  • Bicycles,
  • Transportation to the meeting point,
  • The return to Carcassonne by train with your luggage,
  • The repatriation of rental bikes at the starting point,
  • Insurance,
  • The parking lot.

The destination

  • Pyrénées

    The Pyrenees! To summarize their beauty and diversity in a few lines would be vain ... From the green mountains of the Basque Country, to the wild lands of Ariège to the Catalan mountains with the scent of the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees are an invitation to travel.

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  • South West

    LaRébenne invites you to discover the south-west of France in different ways. Hike on the mythical paths of Santiago de Compostela or cycle the Canal du Midi, 240 km of walks by the water. It connects the Garonne to the Mediterranean from Toulouse to Sète via Carcassonne and its medieval city and Castelnaudary. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a technical feat that is appreciated as an authentic masterpiece.

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